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“Many kind thoughts of Rob, and his effervescent personality. I think of him now and then in my pantheon of professors to celebrate having known. A...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Ed Marth - Richmond, RI - Friend

“I still have fond memories of Robbie but the last time I saw him probably was 1948. That was the year I left Buckley for St. Paul's. Unfortunately we...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Keith Lorenz - New York, NY

“Rob gave me lessons in how to be an administrator and, more importantly, how to regard the approach of death with equanimity. He was a teacher to the...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Don Baxter - Storrs, CT

“My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Rob had a very big presence! Years ago, when he first came into my office, he would come in,...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Shelly Burelle - Storrs, CT

“Dear Goat- I am so sorry to learn about Rob. I am awed in reading his obituary. He was truly a Renaissance man. It is remarkable how your interests...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Sally Lind - Tiburon, CA

“Dear Nancy, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow. The Faculty and Staff of Miss Hall's...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Miss Hall's School

“Farewell to our beloved neighbor Rob Grover. To be sure Rob marched to a differebt drummer but the beat was perfect. Ideas were his world and he...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Bland Maloney - West Hartford

“He is missed. Please accept my sympathies.Ken Speyer ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Goodbye to a wonderful friend who has meant so much to us. You will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Charlotte and Kent Brittan - RI

“We lost a great man. He was a close friend of my family in Connecticut, and I met him several times both in West Hartford and in East Hampton. We...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Teresa Westall - friend

11 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“A shining light for a life well lived and a soul that touched our hearts and minds in immeasurable meaningful ways. Love you Bonson! ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Boo - West hartford, CT

“Rob has been a great friend to our family for over 40 years. He had many wonderful qualities. He gave so generously of himself to friends and family....Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Katie Cox - New York, NY - Friend

“Rob was a pillar of the board of the ACLU of Connecticut: always thoughtful, with helpful insights; philosophical withou being professorial; warm...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Don Noel - Hartford, CT

“Rob was greatly loved by my parents, Bill and Wendy and I have such fond memories of Rob visiting when I was a kid, or when we visited East Hampton...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Sam Chapple - Waterford, CT

“Our heartfelt sympathies in this, your time of grief. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home - CT

“All:I had the privilege of knowing Rob through my AAUP role as Executive Director. We would visit on my trips to the Torrington Campus, and more...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Edward C. Marth - Wyoming, RI

“Dear Grover Family, I knew Rob through the HSO - I have such fond memories of him and his work for the Symphony. My condolences for your lost. Best...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Katie Bonner Russo

Robinson Allen Grover, 79, of West Hartford, husband of Nancy Dow Grover, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2015 surrounded by his family, comforted by classical music and the reminiscences of friends and family that he so cherished. During a long and spirited battle with MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome), Rob never complained about his fate, calmly showing us all how to go forward with honesty, dignity and grace. A philosopher, scholar and patron of the arts, Rob will be remembered for his wit, insights and effortless ability to converse on a range of topics including history, philosophy, ethics, mathematical theory, politics, travel, art. He lived the life of the mind. A man of deep intellect and curiosity, Rob found his greatest joy when engaged in conversations with family, friends and colleagues near and far. Born on February 15, 1936 in New York, NY, Rob spent his early years attending Buckley School in New York and enjoying time at his family's "Clover Farm" in Kent, CT. His father, Allen Grover was a journalist who wrote business for Time, was an editor of Fortune, and became Vice President of Time Inc.. Rob's mother, Beatrice Beard Grover, was an accomplished artist, who painted oil and pastel portraits, made lithographs and drew medical illustrations of the eye. His parents' interests and vocations had a significant impact on Rob's appreciation for the arts, literature and scholarly thought. Rob attended Deerfield Academy '54 and Yale University '58, B.A. in Philosophy. He continued his studies at Universitat Munchen, Munich Germany, '58-'59, and received a M.A. and PhD. in Philosophy, '68 from Brown University. He also attended Yale Law School receiving a Master of Studies in Law, '76. In 1964 he began teaching philosophy at the University of Connecticut, retiring in 1999. A dedicated professor, he taught ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, and philosophy of religion. Rob always looked for ways to challenge and encourage his students to examine, share and develop their own beliefs and ideas. He served as Director of the UConn Torrington Regional Campus from 1980-1986. During this time he was the principle NEH grant holder for an exhibition and symposium on John Brown, the 19th century abolitionist. A specialist on the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, Rob conducted extensive research and published on Hobbes' political and legal philosophy. Rob served on the University of Connecticut Chapter of the American Association of University Professors including time as faculty representative on the Executive Committee 89'-99', Vice President '96-'97 and President '97-'98. An ardent supporter of the visual and performing arts, Rob shared his time and talent with many cultural organizations. Most notably he served as a Trustee on the Boards of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Real Art Ways. He was a member of the Dean's Council at the School of Art, Yale University. Rob also served on the Board of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. For more than 25 years, Rob and Nancy collected innovative contemporary photography. They enjoyed extensive time at their home in East Hampton, NY where they attended and supported the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival (Bridgehampton, NY). Over the years, they have relished intellectual and aesthetic exploration sharing their passion for the arts in the company of artists, dealers, curators and musicians. In addition to his wife of 35 years, Nancy Dow Grover, Rob is survived by his two daughters and spouses: Robert and Anne Percy Sargent (West Hartford, CT) and John Peters and Dana Percy Plunkett (Sudbury, MA). He leaves behind three grandchildren who will remember 'Bonson' for his love, wonder, laughter and devotion to their interests: John Enders Sargent (Jack), Emmalene Robinson Plunkett and Rebecca Farrington Sargent. He also leaves his sister, Loraine Grover (Tucson, AZ). A celebration of Rob's life will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 5:00 PM in the Avery Court at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Rob may be made to Saint Francis Hospital Cancer Center, 114 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105 or online at The family would like to recognize and thank Dr. Adam Boruchov and Marianne Fabiaschi, RN for their exceptional care and compassion. Please visit to sign the guestbook or to share a memory.